Borat helmer Larry Charles has signed on to write an American remake of the 2001 Australian hit comedy The Man Who Sued God with an eye towards directing.
NFI founder and President Nesim Hason and Mace Neufeld are producing the new project with Sixth Sense Productions principals Richard Harding and Sam Feuer.
Charles’ take on “The Man Who Sued God” is expected to veer from the original premise, which involves a former lawyer who had found happiness with a simpler life and career - until a natural disaster strikes and he is denied insurance money because it was 'an act of God.' He re-registers as a lawyer and sues the insurance company and the church under the guise of God, defending himself.
“When it comes to broad commercial comedy that taps into the pulse of society, Larry Charles is the undisputed king,” said Hason. “There is no one I would rather have at the helm of this project than Larry and to make the film alongside Mace, under our newly formed partnership, makes it all the more special for us. We can’t wait to get started.”
Hason added, “No one can say Mace and I aren’t diversified. Following up on our WWII action thriller with a Larry Charles comedy is something nobody probably say coming, but we’re so excited to be in the position we are in right now.”
Charles became well-known as a writer on "Seinfeld" and made his big screen directorial debut with 2003's Masked & Anonymous, the all-star ensemble co-written and headlined by Bob Dylan. Charles went on to helm three Sacha Baron Cohen comedies, Borat, Bruno and The Dictator and also directed the Bill Maher documentary Religulous.